Tag Archives: mixed media art

Pair Of Dice?

These birds might hang from a rear-view mirror…

Or perhaps they are rolled in a game of Yahtzee?

But I believe they are Para-dice birds… Flying around in Paradise!

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How many weird birds can you find hidden in this picture?

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! ūüôā

Name That Flavor…

I decided since¬†the temperatures have been so HOT here – into the 90’s – that it was time we all had an ice cream cone! ¬†ūüėČ

Well, since I’m lactose intolerant and can’t eat REAL ice cream, I decided to create some mixed media cones to share with you!

Can you name each “flavor” of art medium I used? ¬†(Answers below)

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1.  The scoop Рa color copy of a doodle I did previously with color pencils in 2015.  Cone is watercolor painted paper from an online class I took with Cat Bennett.  I used a patterned piece of tissue paper and a white charcoal pencil over it.

2. ¬†The scoop – paper printed with acrylics on a Gelli plate. ¬†Cone is from old sheet music that lists names of songs – added bonus –¬†“summer”¬†is part of name for one song.¬†¬†Color pencil to create cone pattern.

3.  The scoop Рold map that I gelli-printed.  Cone shape is cut from a paint sample card.  (Note:  Bears on my mind after two people encountered them at the lake within the last week!  Buy bear spray!)

4.  The scoop Рold book page that I painted with watercolor.  Cone is scrapbook paper that looks like cork board.

5.  The scoop Рscrapbook paper that was cut using a circle stencil.  I cut part of the circle to create this shape.  Cone is gelli-printed paper I did on deli paper.

I hope you enjoyed guessing these “flavors” of fun!

Cheers! ūüôā

A Party Gal And Night Owl

Funny how one idea often leads to another!

I recently created this paper collage for the 100-day project on Instagram (I’m doing 100 days of faces).

“Dottie hoped someone would ask her to dance at the party…”

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I found a photo of a face and cut it in half to challenge myself to draw the second half of her face a little differently. ¬†I added collage from a magazine for her dress and a hat from paper I purchased to give her a little zing! ūüôā The background I created with watercolor.

This led me to create today’s weird bird: ¬†“Her friends called her a night owl.”

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This one is a bit weird – even for me… but you have to admit, it is quite a hoot to look at! ¬†Lol! ¬†ūüėČ

I found an image of an owl, cut it in half and found an image of a gal’s face and matched the two images together. ¬†Next, I traced part of her dress using tracing paper and then cut out a piece of my gelli-printed paper. ¬†I liked the striking contrast with the black and white image with the red.

I found another gelli-print to paste my image to Рit looks a bit mysterious with a moon shape in the upper left corner.  The image at the bottom I cut from a piece of collage paper.

I hope you enjoyed learning how I created today’s collages. ¬†These were like a puzzle for me and so fun to do!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! ūüôā

Connect The Dots

Remember connecting the dots with a pencil to form a picture as a child?  Well, this exercise was a little like that for me.

The exception was starting with watercolor circles and splatters like this example:

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And then drawing a face on top of the dots!

I used a photo in a magazine as my reference and this “Queen of Imagination” appeared… almost magically, like connecting the dots as a child!

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Perhaps you remember my earlier experiments with this idea.  If not, you can find them here.

Wishing you the JOY of creating art with childlike discovery!

Cheers! ūüôā

Faces And Flowers

I have recently discovered mixing water soluble pencils and watercolors.

I quickly sketched these faces with a 6B water soluble pencil and then splashed some watercolors on the paper Рtrying not to overthink it.

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After the watercolor dried, I added more details with my (Faber Castell) Graphite Aquarelle pencils – in 4B, softening the lines with a Pentel waterbrush:

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It was so fun that I decided to try the same technique with flowers:

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I tried to create a quick sketch and loosely paint it with watercolors so the colors would blend on the paper.  Below, I added the water soluble pencil in 4B:

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Next, I hope to add some collage papers to these paintings.  I will post my progress next week!

May your day bloom with happiness!

Cheers! ūüôā

Wise Beyond Years…

A friend of mine has recently been¬†diagnosed with cancer. ¬†My heart goes out to her and her family…

I was thinking of her as I created this face yesterday.

I pray that she will be able to fight this terrible disease and win!¬† This face below¬†has¬†the determination and strength my friend has…¬†¬†And the knowledge that God is with her.

So MANY people are fighting and struggling with cancer.  Too many people!

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I dedicate¬†today’s post to my friend T and¬†EVERYONE who¬†is¬†fighting for their lives or supporting friends and loved ones battling cancer – YOU are wise beyond your years…

Sending love and hope! ‚̧

Face It

OK, it was not easy to come up with a title for today’s post… if I must “face it!”

How do I describe these silly faces?!

They were created from my faces I did on Tuesday and then cut them up and mixed them up to create these new wacky faces!

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It kind of reminded me of a meeting I had yesterday with a group of people where I felt totally out of place…¬† Not because they made me feel this way but because I realized that I didn’t fit into this group.¬† Have you ever felt this way?

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They were all “left brains” and I’m more of a “right brain” thinker…

I realized that it was OK that we are different – we don’t have to ALL think alike…

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Or look alike!

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Or create art alike!!

Cheers to being different! ¬†ūüôā

More FUNny Faces

I have been creating more FUNny faces from Lynn Whipple’s online class, “Making Faces.”

I find these silly, colorful faces very FUN to make!

Almost as wonderful as savoring dark chocolate with almonds:

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Or soaking in the sun on a beautiful summer day:

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Or eating a delicious meal at a favorite restaurant:

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Or snuggling with my kitty:

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Or laughing so hard that tears come to my eyes:

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What makes you smile?! ¬†ūüôā

I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

P.S. ¬†Thursday, I will show you how I cut up these faces and combine them together to create NEW faces. ¬†I hope you will join me! ūüėä

Making Faces

I’m enjoying Lynn Whipple’s new online art class called, “Making Faces.” ¬†Lynn brings such energy and playfulness to her classes!

This quick sketch I did yesterday with Tombow markers and soft pastels:

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If you’d like to learn more about Lynn’s online class go to CarlaSonheim.com

One of the things I enjoy the most about taking online art classes through Carla Sonheim is the friendships I have made through the years.  I learn a ton from the teacher(s) but I also learn from my classmates!  It is an AWESOME experience!! 

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

P.S.¬† Lynn’s class gives me new inspiration for the “100 Day Project” that I’m doing on Instagram.¬† This is face number 56/100.

A Weird Puzzle

How many weird birds can you find in these watercolor drips?

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How about now?

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I’d love to hear your names for these weird birds!

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā